Sugarloaf Hill 662.7m mountain, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland at
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Knockmealdown Mountains Area
Place count in area: 17, OSI/LPS Maps: 74, 82 
Highest place:
Knockmealdown, 792.4m
Maximum height for area: 792.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 682.7 metres,

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Sugarloaf Hill Mountain Cnoc na gCloch A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na gCloch [OSI], 'hill of the stones') Tipperary/ Waterford County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Medium grained pink-purple sandstone Bedrock

Height: 662.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 74 Grid Reference: S03971 10479
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Longitude: -7.942597, Latitude: 52.246504 , Easting: 203971, Northing: 110479 Prominence: 117.72m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 603919 610532,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SgrlHl, 10 char: SgrlfHil
Bedrock type: Medium grained pink-purple sandstone, (Knockmealdown Sandstone Formation)

The name 'Sugarloaf' is widely applied to hills of a conical shape in Ireland and Britain. Its equivalent 'pain de sucre' is common in France. It is also found further afield, e.g. at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese) and the Montmorency Falls in Canada, where the name 'Pain de Sucre' is applied to the cone of ice which forms at the base of the waterfall in winter. There is a widespread misconception nowadays that 'sugarloaf' is some kind of bread. In fact, the word refers to the form in which sugar was usually sold all over the world, at least up to the 19th century, until granulated sugar became widely available in packets. The sugary liquid was dripped onto a surface and a solid mass formed in a conical or torpedo-like shape, like a sugary stalagmite. Sugar is still available in this form in North Africa, and it is also used in Germany to make the drink 'Feuerzangenbowle', for which the sugarloaf must first be soaked in rum.   Sugarloaf Hill is the 176th highest place in Ireland. Sugarloaf Hill is the most northerly summit in the Knockmealdown Mountains area.

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Picture: Knockmealdown summit - May 2008
deswalk on Sugarloaf Hill, 2008
by deswalk  6 Sep 2008
I climbed Sugarloaf Hill on 1 September and was disappointed to see the damage that's being caused by motorcycles and there was one culprit enjoying himself by repeatedly ascending and descending the bottom section of the hill on his offensive machine. I also found a lot of tyre damage on the summit.
The initial steep pull up from the Vee carpark has thus become a real messy rake and the old boundary wall appears to have disappeared in places, especially at the summit. Twenty to thirty years ago I could shelter from a biting north wind behind the wall but its stones are now being used to build numerous cairns, as well as the increasingly popular compulsion among certain hillgoers to leave their John Hancock in the heather using the wall stones. Perhaps I'm just getting grumpy!
The picture was taken in May 2008 from the summit of Knockmealdown looking towards Sugarloaf Hill. It was a challenge trying to photograph myself in the powerful wind! Trackback:
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simon3 on Sugarloaf Hill, 2003
by simon3  17 Mar 2003
The summit of Sugarloaf Hill has what looks like a ruined cairn. Stretching north from this is a narrow ridge. Visit the end of the ridge and you can get a view both down to the Vee, a road with a well known hairpin bend, and over the valley towards the Galtees. It is also possible to see Bay Lough, a small corrie lake on the north-east side of Knockaunabulloga (630m). There are few lakes in the Knockmealdowns. Trackback:
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mneary34 on Sugarloaf Hill, 2005
by mneary34  11 Aug 2005
Sugarloaf is the last mountain before the Vee on the traverse. Coming from Knockmoylan it provides an attractive view and the climb from the col is approx. 120 metres. From there a descent of over 300 metres leads to the tourist car park at the Vee gap. See Knockaunabulloga to continue the traverse. Trackback:
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A short sharp shock...
by exaisle  2 Sep 2010
I thought this was a short but punishing climb although I'm not as fit as I should be.

There is just one short respite but as soon as one leaves the road, it's tough from the word go....well, tough for me...I'm nearly 18 stone (but falling steadily!)

What I did like about it, however, was that there are no false summits. When you reach the top, you reach the top.

There are a couple of cairns and it seems part of a popular route. We met several groups while pausing for sustenance (and resussitation). Trackback:
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kenefickwg on Sugarloaf Hill, 2003
by kenefickwg  9 Sep 2003
My walk on Sugarloaf was hampered by unpleasant weather. Even for a beginner like me the ascent is easyish and the decent with some care required on the stone is easy.
There is a view into Bay Lough as you ascend and decend and there are two cairns at the top so shelter from the breeze is available for the lemonade and sandwich. I think now that the best walk is along the wall to Knockmealdown which I hope to attempt soon. Trackback:
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mart on Sugarloaf Hill, 2003
by mart  30 Sep 2003
This mountain is well worth the climb, especially if you continue along the ridge to Knockmealdown, but I think that the descent is very unpleasant because it is very steep and very loose- it's hard on my old legs. Still it doesn't take that long and you can't get lost. I just wonder why a more meandering path hasn't developed. Trackback:
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